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Bryant Thomas Shelley collection, 1926 - 1936

Reference Code: GBR/0269/DCPP/SHE

Scope and Contents

Includes: 'English Task' notebook, 1926, compiled presumably during the early stages of RAF training or before leaving school, including large collection of dried four leaf clovers; three RAF log books covering the period January 1927 to March 1936; small wooden hinged box made by Fl. Lt. Shelley for his mother from an aircraft propeller (with brief biographical notes regarding his training at Cranwell, 1927-30, beneath).


  • Creation: 1926 - 1936

Conditions Governing Access

From the Management Group:

Some records series are subject to confidentiality restrictions with the following closure periods: 30 years from date of creation for general administration files, legal records and financial files; 50 years from date of creation for governmental records, including papers of the College Governing Body and College Council, and constituent committees; 100 years from date of creation for personal and personnel records, including tutorial files, staff and fellows files and appointment records, personal finance and pension records. In addition sensitive correspondence and papers concerning College affairs such as disputes and disciplinary matters are closed for 100 years. Restrictions apply on some personal and private papers.

Biographical / Historical

Bryant Thomas Shelley matriculated at Downing College as an RAF Cadet in 1933, after serving in the RAF for several years, working as a test pilot. On October 7 1929, he was second pilot on a test flight of a Supermarine Southampton Flying Boat. (This was a biplane and, as part of the RAF's development process, it had been decided to fly the machine from Felixstowe to Stavanger and Bergen and then back to Granton Harbour). He was promoted to a Flying Officer in June 1930. He returned to the RAF after graduating from Downing and, by 1935, was a flight lieutenant assigned to the Experimental Section of the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough, involved in the development of radar. He volunteered to serve in Iraq in 1936 but died on 27 May, shortly after arriving, from complications arising from appendicitis and sand fever.


5 item(s)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Dr T Shelley


Biographical notes provided by donor before deposit.


Shelley, Bryant Thomas (d.1936) airman

Finding aid date

2020-03-02 15:56:17+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Downing College Repository

Downing College Archive
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